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Taking care of your teeth is a habit that needs to last a lifetime. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, and floss once a day. Once you develop that habit, there is something else that may help keep your pearly whites clean–add a quality mouthwash.

You will run across mouthwash in two distinct categories: therapeutic and cosmetic. Cosmetic mouthwashes temporarily freshen breath by covering halitosis. It does not get rid of bacteria that cause the halitosis. However, therapeutic mouthwash actually cleans your mouth. There are therapeutic mouthwashes designed for specific tasks, such as providing fluoride, killing bad bacteria, or loosening plaque before brushing. Ask Dr. Jee Lee for recommendations based on your personal oral health needs.

Always buy oral care products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This seal provides assurance that the product does what it claims to do. The ADA requires thorough testing for safety and effectiveness before granting the seal.

Never give mouthwash to children under 6 years old, or to anyone who is at risk of swallowing it. Swallowing mouthwash can lead to nausea, vomiting, and/or intoxication (due to the large amount of alcohol present in the mouthwash). If you choose to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully and select a mouthwash with no alcohol.

For more information on mouthwash and your personalized dental health care plan, call Dental Group of Anaheim in Anaheim, California, at 714-635-5500. Dr. Jee Lee and our team are happy to help!